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Posted on: 10/8/13 2:00 PM
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This tip/technique may seem blindingly obvious to some, but I wish I had known about it before this summer, it would have saved me so much time and trouble.

If you have to sew a corner - on a shirt collar, a pocket, or as I just did, the front of a waistcoat which has three corners when attaching the facing, don't sew to (what you hope is) 5/8" of the corner point and pivot.

Instead, sew right off the edge. Cut threads and re-present the sewing to the machine at the (now swivelled) edge, and re-start sewing at the raw edge. Everything will line up, again, at 5/8".

You were going to trim that corner sewing anyway: this way you have two lines of machine stitching, both at exactly 5/8", which help you to cut the corner point off.

Result: accurate seam lines, plus two lines of stitching at the vital corner-turning point.

Ta Daa!

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Handshake said... (10/22/13 3:54 PM) Reply
Photo removed.
thaiyal said... (10/22/13 10:34 AM) Reply
You've used a picture by somebody else without getting written permission!!! Not coool.
MartiP said... (10/9/13 12:12 PM) Reply
Handshake said... (10/9/13 10:13 AM) Reply
Copyright shows on photograph. Full link to source of photograph now added to this post.
Pam~Off The Cuff~ said... (10/9/13 9:32 AM) Reply
As the writer of this tip said, ...that (copyrighted) photo is from my blog post, No harm done, but it is customary to provide the full link to the source of copyrighted books, photos, tutorials, etc.
strongnow said... (10/9/13 8:53 AM) Reply
Once you read this it seems so obvious, but if you are following pattern directions you tend to think they have a better way. Not so. Thank you for this review.
Adaire said... (10/9/13 7:28 AM) Reply
I have been doing this for several years and find it much easier and the results look better.
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